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Young South Australians from multicultural backgrounds embrace ANZAC youth vigil


Young South Australians from our multicultural communities continue to embrace the ANZAC tradition by participating in annual ANZAC Day Eve Youth Vigil.

The vigil, organised by the Returned and Services League, is a special ceremony held on the eve of ANZAC Day at the South Australian National War Memorial on North Terrace.

Young South Australians have been attending the vigil for more than 10 years and this year youth from the Greek, Irish, Tongan, Polish, African, Serbian, Liberian and Filipino young communities will participate in the event.

As part of the vigil, the young people will place books about World War One and the ANZAC spirit on the War Memorial, as tokens of remembrance. After the service, the books will be donated to school libraries.

Ten Youth Vigils will be held around the state tonight as other communities show their respect for our ANZAC heroes.

For more information about the ANZAC Day Eve Youth Vigil and other ANZAC Day events visit


The ANZAC Day Eve Youth Vigil starts at 6pm on Sunday 24 April at the SA National War Memorial on North Terrace.

Representatives from youth groups conduct a 12-hour vigil that concludes at 6am, prior to the dawn service.

The general public is invited to attend the vigil and support the young people.

Acting Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Leesa Vlahos said:

I encourage all South Australians to support and attend the ANZAC Day Eve Youth Vigils.

The Youth Vigils highlight the important role young people play in ANAZAC Day commemorations, as the custodians of the future of our ANZAC traditions.

The participation of young multicultural South Australians acknowledges that the ANZAC tradition belongs to us all.

The vigils are an important way for young people to get involved in their community and develop a deeper understanding of Australia's ANZAC history.

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